Applications now open for third Horizon Fellowship programme

Do you have an innovative project idea that will help to improve patient care and experience or improve operational efficiency of hospital services? The CW Innovation team is inviting Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust staff from all roles, departments and levels to apply to become a Horizon Fellow. Apply here or contact horizon@cwplus.org.uk for more information.

Every year, the Horizon Fellowship programme supports and funds a cohort of Trust staff to develop and deliver innovative projects that are bringing much-needed change for staff and patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital.

Led by CW Innovation in partnership with DigitalHealth.London, the programme equips Trust staff with new skills and knowledge and connects them to like-minded peers and mentors. Six learning days take place across the year, and Fellows also have access to workshops, resources and events to share experience, tackle challenges, learn from experts and co-design solutions.

The programme provides a fantastic opportunity for Trust staff to receive the support they need to bring their innovative ideas to life. Find out more about our 2023/24 Fellows.

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Natalie Nunes’s idea was to use virtual reality headsets to reduce pain and discomfort during miscarriage removal using manual vacuum aspiration. Outcomes have included improved patient experience and satisfaction, lower usage of pain medications, faster procedures and lower costs. The technology is now being offered for a range of outpatient procedures across the Trust. An unexpected benefit of wider roll-out has been more procedures being performed under local rather than general anaesthetic, freeing up theatre time for other procedures and contributing to the Trust’s efforts to bring down surgical waiting lists.

‘The programme showed me what is possible when you have an idea and the support to make it a reality. I want to keep making things better and am already looking for more I can do.’

Natalie Nunes